It's hard to believe it has already been five months since we brought our sweet boy home! Check out our big 5-month-old!
Collin has been changing quickly every month, but this has been a particularly big month in terms of changes! Can you believe he already weighs 17.5 pounds?!? :) Let's talk about some of Collin's favorite things...
Collin loves to sit! He likes sitting on someone's lap, sitting on a table top while we're out for dinner, and especially sitting on the floor by himself. It didn't take very long for him to move from being able to sit up alone for a couple seconds to being able to sit up alone for a few minutes. He still tips over, but he often is able to use his own hand to catch himself.
Collin also loves to stand! He can't do this alone yet, but he's a big fan of being held up so he's in a standing position. When he gets excited while he's standing he bends one knee or the other so it's kinda like he's dancing upright. :)
This month Collin has gotten very good at controlling his hands. He grabs for things that are in front of him, holds on tight to things he finds, and moves objects from one hand to the other. We still wonder if he's left-handed because he typically grabs first with his left hand and seems to have better control of it.
Collin is using his hands to explore his world, and his favorite thing to touch right now is faces. He'll put his two hands on either side of someone's face and it's so sweet! We thought he had a good grip before, but now Collin's grip is tight enough to cut off circulation! :) He holds on tight to a person's finger and gets a solid grasp of long hair if he can reach it.
Noisemaking is one of Collin's favorite pastimes. He holds a pretty good conversation, but he doesn't mind chatting to himself sometimes too. He's exploring all kinds of sounds right now and seems to like challenging himself to make a higher pitch today than he did yesterday. Most common are vowels, but he also says "m," "d," "k," "b," "h," "v," and "g." He has also learned that he can talk to get attention when the people around him are busy in their own conversations!
Collin is pretty easily excited. :) Funny faces and noises get his attention, and he typically smiles at anyone who talks to him. His excitement is so cute - he kicks his feet, smiles, tucks his chin in, and throws his arms out to the side. He sneaks a giggle in every once in awhile too.
We bought a jumper activity center for Collin yesterday and it's awesome. There are quite a few toys on it and he quickly figured out how to make things move. Of course we're biased, but it seems like he's a pretty smart boy! :)
Perhaps most exciting about this month was the introduction of solids! Rice cereal was an epic failure, but bananas were a smashing success! It's hard to blame him for preferring yummy bananas over cereal that is blander than plain oatmeal. :) It only took Collin about 2 spoonfuls of bananas to figure out the system, and now he leans toward the spoon and smacks his lips to get all the food off. :) Sweet potatoes are somewhere in between - tolerable, but not quite his favorite yet. Next on the list of foods for Collin to try are avocado, squash, pears, and green beans.
Fun experiences this month include the first time riding in Daddy's Jeep, a professional photo shoot, time spent in Mommy's classroom, visits to friends' houses, play time at the park, and lots of walks around the neighborhood with the puppies. Collin's waketime is getting close to two hours these days, so it will be a lot easier to make sure his list of new experiences for next month is long and fun! :)